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A year on from the peak of the COVID-19 crisis in Australia, our youngest generation has emerged more resilient despite enduring lockdowns, job losses and interruptions to their education.
By the end of 2020, more young people told us they feel positive than negative about the impact of COVID-19 on many aspects of their lives, such as their hope and social connectedness. Young Australians say they want a more active role in addressing some of the biggest concerns for their generation, including climate change and mental health.
The aim of this research is not only to listen to young people’s experiences, but to elevate their voices with governments to ensure policy responses throughout this crisis meet the needs of children and young people.
“How we've learnt to cope will
stay with us for the rest of our lives.”
Children’s voices in a changing world is the final report of a three-part series of UNICEF Australia’s Young Ambassador Reports during the coronavirus pandemic.
The survey gathered the opinions of 4,078 young people aged seven to 20 years old from around the nation, over a 12-month period. The first two reports were released in May 2020, Living in Limbo, and September 2020, Swimming with Sandbags.
UNICEF Australia is committed to child rights, including article 12 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child which seeks to ensure that children can express their views about matters that affect them.
The Young Ambassador program adopts a peer-to-peer approach to listening to the views and perspectives of children and young people and elevating their voices to inform decision-making about issues of concern to them.